Wave of Ukash cons

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UKASH scammers are targeting the elderly promising tax refunds in a bid to obtain voucher codes that can be spent like money.

The popular – and virtually untraceable – electronic cash system has sparked a wave of incidents in Derbyshire, the county council says.

Unscrupulous callers try to get people to buy Ukash vouchers which are sold in high street stores. Each has a unique 19-digit code to act as a type of currency.

The scammer persuades the victim to share the code so they can cash the voucher, but the promised windfall does not exist.

Lynn Warren, of Crookes, was conned out of £150 she paid for a £1,500 ‘loan’. Her code was spent in 20 minutes.